Thursday, April 11, 2019

Something New - A Click-to-Buy Pattern: Diana's Simplified Entrelac Afghan

A friend, Leslie, is knitting my "Squared Away Simplified Entrelac Afghan Without Triangles," and she's put some information on social media about the project.

Leslie is actually on an RV trip and knitting away in a screened-in room with a view!  She's got a nifty little knitting studio to take on the road.  Leslie is a relatively new machine knitter and NOTHING STOPS HER.  She has made amazing things!

Here's a photo of my sample of the afghan.  This pattern is made on a bulky (9 mm) machine.  It uses the waste yarn method of doing Entrelac.  It requires worsted weight yarn.  Mine was made with four colors of Simply Soft.  You'll want a waste yarn on hand that is about the same thickness and contrasts in color to all the other colors.  This is a VERY fun scrappy afghan, if you want to use up all sorts of yarn!

This afghan starts in a corner and each diagonal row of blocks makes it a little bigger.  If you want a bigger afghan, keep adding on...and on...

If you are curious about the waste yarn method of doing Entrelac, I have two videos about it on YouTube, although they are more complicated because you have to make the triangles to begin.  Here's Part One and Part Two of the Entrelac Pillow.

Another thing that is interesting about this pattern is the "picture frame" edging.  It's a sturdy, doubled edging with mitered corners that is a good addition to your knowledge of techniques and finishes.

Leslie is getting feedback from knitters asking about this pattern, which is one I've only given out to seminar participants and members of the machine knitting group that I attend every month.  I didn't have it for sale at all.  I had been planning to do some Click-to-Buy patterns where you could purchase a pattern and get it instantly.  I'd like to make patterns available quickly as singles and not always part of a book-and-DVD package.  Later, I might make some collections that include these patterns, or I might leave them as singles.  In any case, a lot of knitters have shown interest in having downloadable patterns and inexpensive single patterns.  

This pattern is for sale through PayPal for $5.00 (plus tax of 41 cents for Texas residents). There is obviously no shipping cost, but then again, there's no DVD or video for this one.  

When you click the Buy Now button below, you can either sign in to PayPal or complete the transaction as a guest.  It should already be pre-loaded with the amount.  When you complete the PayPal transaction, click "Return to Merchant," and it takes you to the pattern over on one of my websites.  You should immediately right-click, choose "Save As," and save it to your computer.  Also, if you want a paper copy, from that website press Ctrl-P (control & P) and you'll get a printing window.  It prints in color on two pages.  

If you need to contact me, there's an email icon on the left-side hand side of this blog, down a bit.  

Monday, April 8, 2019

Inspiration at My Blue Heaven Knits

Check out these great-looking stitch patterns that are a combination of a needle out of work and cabling techniques: